Report: Some details on Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HD tablets, launching this fall
Citing unidentified sources, BGR claims it has the specs for the new Kindle Fire HD tablets that Amazon (s AMZN) is likely to launch this fall with higher resolution screens. According to BGR: The tablets will feature Qualcomm (s QCOM) Snapdragon 800 chips, and the 8.9-inch model will add a rear-facing camera, in addition to the front-facing one. Plus, both the basic Kindle Fire and the two Kindle Fire HDs will reportedly come with three different storage options.

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iPad Mini models, pricing reportedly leaked

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Today in Connected Consumer

The first reviews of Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HD are in, and they’re…well, mixed would probably be the best way to put it. The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg was downright tepid on the device, calling it an improvement over the first generation Kindle Fire but still nowhere close to Apple’s iPad. The New York Times’ David Pogue was positively scathing in his review, noting, “The Fire HD has no camera on the back, no GPS navigation, no speech recognition, no to-do list or notes app. It trails the iPad in thickness, screen size, screen sharpness, Web speed, software polish and app availability. It can only dream of the iPad’s universe of accessories, cases and docks.” That’ll singe. Not every review was negative, however. At TechCrunch, John Biggs pointed out, correctly in my view, that the Fire is not really meant to compete directly with the iPad. Rather, it’s an extension of Amazon’s overall digital strategy, and in his view a pretty good one. The Verge calls it a “tidy package” if not quite “cutting edge.” As always, your mileage may vary.